NATIONALITIES

British Players
Our first competitive game in 1878 featured at least 7 English men (and I suspect all 11 starters were English), and it continued like that for around nine years until our first Scottish player (James Irons) made his debut in the 2-0 FA Cup victory over Mellors. In 1893 our first Welshman (John Bullock) made his only competitive appearance and then in 1902 we had our first Irishman (Andrew Garra from The Republic) before Patrick Nelis from Northern Ireland first played in 1922.

Non-Brits
Our first non-British player might have been Alex Wood, but he was actually born in Scotland and emigrated to the US with his family aged 15 (and subsquently represented the USA at the national level, played for them in the 1930 World Cup and is in the US Soccer Hall Of Fame!). The two Jacoby brothers (Charles and John) who played in the 1870's both had German-born parents who became British citizens in the 1850's, while Alfred Gunn was born in Germany but I am assuming he was English seeing as he played for us in 1957 (during the War!). So our first true non-British player was Arthur Lightening, a South African goalkeeper who played five games for Forest in 1958 and then we had no other overseas players until the Swiss Raimondo Ponte in 1980.

All Nationalities
The following are the different nationalities of Forest players who have played competitive games for Forest in order of appearance.
Click on the country to see all the players from that location.
Nationality Num
Players
First Player First Game
England875Arthur BatesNov 16, 1878
Arthur GoodyerNov 16, 1878
Edwin LuntleyNov 16, 1878
John SandsNov 16, 1878
Sam WiddowsonNov 16, 1878
Teddy EarpNov 16, 1878
Walter LuntleyNov 16, 1878
Scotland157James IronsNov 05, 1887
Wales54John BullockMar 31, 1893
Republic of Ireland40Andrew GaraSep 01, 1902
Northern Ireland27Patrick NelisMar 18, 1922
United States9Alex WoodAug 29, 1936
Germany8Alfred GunnMar 29, 1947
South Africa2Arthur LighteningFeb 08, 1958
Switzerland5Raimondo PonteAug 16, 1980
Norway6Einar AasMar 28, 1981
Netherlands10Hans van BreukelenSep 04, 1982
Australia6Alan DavidsonDec 01, 1984
Iceland2Toddy OrlygssonDec 17, 1989
Italy5Andrea SilenziSep 09, 1995
Croatia2Nicola JerkanAug 17, 1996
France23Thierry BonalairAug 09, 1997
French Guiana1Jean-Claude DarchevilleAug 17, 1998
Sweden8Jesper MattssonDec 12, 1998
Portugal17Hugo PorfirioJan 30, 1999
Ivory Coast5Bernard AllouApr 03, 1999
Spain8Carlos MerinoAug 24, 1999
Canada2Jim BrennanOct 30, 1999
Denmark4Mikkel BeckNov 14, 1999
Trinidad and Tobago1Stern JohnNov 24, 1999
Jamaica3David JohnsonJan 14, 2001
Guadeloupe1Mikael Antoine-CurierSep 11, 2002
Belgium5Davy OyenFeb 22, 2003
Argentina5Gino PadulaAug 09, 2005
Ghana3Junior AgogoSep 02, 2006
Algeria6Hamza BencherifJan 31, 2007
Antigua and Barbuda2Dexter BlackstockApr 04, 2009
Nigeria3Dele AdebolaAug 08, 2009
Poland2Radoslaw MajewskiAug 08, 2009
Gibraltar1Danny HigginbothamFeb 11, 2012
Cameroon2George ElokobiFeb 11, 2012
Bulgaria1Dimitar EvtimovAug 13, 2012
Chile1Gonzalo JaraJan 12, 2013
Kuwait2Khaled Al RashidiFeb 02, 2013
Zaire1Britt AssombalongaAug 09, 2014
Gambia2Modou BarrowMar 18, 2015
Cape Verde2Ryan MendesSep 12, 2015
Slovenia1Bojan JokicJan 09, 2016
Lithuania1Deimantas PetraviciusMar 05, 2016
Greece7Apostolos VelliosAug 06, 2016
Finland1Thomas LamAug 06, 2016
Senegal2Armand TraoreAug 09, 2016
Serbia1Vladimir StojkovicSep 11, 2016
Iran2Ashkan DejagahFeb 03, 2018
Romania1Costel PantilimonFeb 03, 2018
Tunisia2Yohan BenalouaneJan 19, 2019
Brazil8Leo BonatiniFeb 02, 2019
Guinea-Bissau2PeleFeb 02, 2019
Mali3Molla WagueFeb 09, 2019
Kosovo1Aro MuricAug 03, 2019
Congo2Brice SambaAug 10, 2019
Comoros1Fouad BachirouSep 05, 2020
Montserrat1Lyle TaylorSep 05, 2020
Cyprus6Nicholas IoannouOct 03, 2020
Paraguay1Braian OjedaOct 24, 2021
New Zealand1Chris WoodJan 21, 2023
Costa Rica2Keylor NavasFeb 05, 2023
South Korea1Hwang Ui-joAug 18, 2023